This week on Q - Feb 18-22/13

MONDAY: Best of Q! Are North American children's playgrounds too safe? European playground manufacturer Harry Harbottle explains why Europe takes a different approach. Punk musician Kathleen Hanna of the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, a pioneer of the Riot Grrrl movement. Musician Rodriguez and director Malik Bendjelloul from the Oscar-nominated documentary, Searching for Sugar Man.

TUESDAY: Stanford professor Andrew Ng is co-founder of the popular educational initiative Coursera, which partners with top universities to offer an array of online courses for free. Americana musician Josh Ritter performs live from his forthcoming album, The Beast in Its Tracks. U.K. food author and broadcaster Nigella Lawson on her latest cookbook, Nigellissima. LISTEN  

WEDNESDAY: Journalist Jennifer Senior on how new research reveals the extent to which our adult lives are shaped by our high school experiences. Bestselling country music star Tim McGraw drops by with his new album, Two Lanes of Freedom. Director Megumi Sasaki and Dorothy Vogel from the documentary Herb and Dorothy 50X50 talk about the Vogels giving 50 works of art to 50 U.S. states. LISTEN 

THURSDAY: Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams is behind a new documentary called God Loves Uganda, examining the influence that American evangelical groups have on the hate-filled climate for gay people in Uganda. Long-running folk rock duo The Indigo Girls perform live from their latest album, Beauty Queen Sister. Laura Anderson Barbata, a Mexican-American artist who fought for the recent dignified burial of the remains of Julia Pastrana, the 19th century circus performer known as the "ugliest woman in the world." LISTEN

FRIDAY: Friday Live performances from Rachel Sermanni. At just 21, the up-and-coming Scottish singer/songwriter brings her poetic folk to Studio Q, performing songs from her forthcoming debut record, Under Mountains. Film critics David Haglund of Slate and Daniel D'Addario of Salon debate the truth controversies around this Sunday's best picture Oscar contenders Argo, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Are we learning flawed history from film? Hit-making '80s and '90s singer and songwriter Michael Bolton (Love is a Wonderful Thing) on his memoir, The Soul of It All.  Elvira Kurt's Cultural Hall of Shame.

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